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How to Read Messages without Unlocking iPhone

We all get numerous notifications and messages on our iPhones when it is locked. For most of us, it is impossible to read these messages without having to go through the stress of unlocking your iPhone and opening the messages app. What if we could actually read our messages without having to unlock our iPhones every time? In this article, we’re going to show you everything you need to know.

 

Why Can’t I Read Messages without Unlocking iPhone?

If you get a message on your iPhone, trying to read it from the lock screen seems very impossible. It will not be really easy for you to do so. Tapping on the messages notification or trying to stretch it out will not help you read the contents of the message no matter how hard you try. There is actually a pretty good reason behind all of this.

The reason you can’t read your messages without unlocking your iPhone is because it is meant to protect your privacy. If anyone else uses your iPhone while you get a message, it makes it hard for them to snoop on your messages. This protects all of your sensitive and confidential information. 

This safety measure has been useful to a lot of users but sometimes, you might want to get rid of it and make your iPhone more customizable. Instead of the frustrating process of opening your iPhone, you might just want to read it through the locked screen. The message protection is a default setting made by Apple but is it actually possible to change it and get to read your messages without opening your iPhone? 

Can You Read Messages on iPhone?

With the default settings on your iPhone, it will seem rather impossible to try and read your messages without having to unlock your iPhone. Luckily, with the right steps you can actually set your iPhone to let you read messages without having to put in your password. 

As mentioned, one of the main reasons why you can’t read your messages on your iPhone’s lock screen is because your iPhone marks all your messages as sensitive content. What this means is that it will not display your messages on the lock screen to avoid someone else from peeping through your messages in case it contains sensitive information that does not need to be shared.

Luckily, it is actually possible to change this default setting so you can actually get to read your messages without having to unlock your iPhone. The steps are quite easy to follow and you should be able to enjoy your messages through the lock screen in no time. All you have to do is change a few settings through the settings app on your iPhone.

How to Read Messages without Unlocking iPhone

Since we know it is actually possible to read your messages without having to unlock your iPhone, how do you go about it? What do you need to do? You don’t have to worry about that as we’ve got you covered. Instead of going through the stress of unlocking your iPhone to read your messages, you can follow the steps below to get a full preview of your messages. Here’ what you need to do:

  1. Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll through the list of options and tap on notifications.
  3. On the next screen, scroll and then tap on messages.
  4. You will see the lock screen alert option, tap on it to toggle it off.
  5. At the lower part of your screen, tap on show previews.
  6. You should see an option labeled always, tap on it.

With the steps above, you should be able to read your messages without having to unlock your iPhone. One thing you should also note is that while you may be able to read some messages, a few of them might be difficult to read from the lock screen of your iPhone. The shorter the messages are, the easier it will be to read them through the lock screen of your iPhone. When the messages are too long, you will only get to read a few parts of the text message. 

After completing the final step, your future messages will now be easy for you to access through your iPhone’s lock screen. In some cases, it will actually be easy for you to reply by swiping on the specific messages you want.

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Can I Make Message Notification Banner Longer On iPhone?

After following the above steps to read your messages from your lock screen, you will be reading them through a notification banner from the messages app. You might have noticed that it isn’t really possible to read double or old texts as much as you can with this banner.

Is there a way to stretch the banner and get to read older messages and longer texts? Unfortunately, there is no feature that can help you stretch the size of a notification banner so that you can read your old texts or a really long text from the lock screen of your iPhone.

The best way to read those kinds of messages is to obviously open your iPhone and go to the messages app directly. The banner on your lock screen will only display new texts for you to read from your lock screen (if you follow the steps above). You might not actually be able to read really long texts from this banner but you can always get a good preview of the message.

 

Conclusion

Reading your messages without having to unlock your iPhone is pretty easy. You are not able to read your messages from the lock screen because the default settings on your iPhone does not permit you to do so. In this article we have shown you the steps you can take to change this default setting. After following the steps, you should be able to read all of your text messages without having to unlock your iPhone anymore.

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